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Maen Llia at night

By geoffrey baker
I recently went up into the Brecon Beacons to try some night photography for the first time.
It turned out to be the coldest night of the year so far, it was freezing up there, but at least the sky was clear.
This shot may not be perfect but it's the best I could manage at my first attempt.
I locked the shutter open for 20 seconds and painted the foreground with a torch.
There's a lot to learn but it was very interesting.
Condensation on myequipment became a problem as time went on.

25 seconds, f2.8, ISO 1000 @ 14mm on a full frame camera Nikon D3.
I turned on in-camera "high ISO noise reduction" set to normal and no other noise reduction was used in post processing.

Tags: Night photography Landscape and travel After dark Night and low light

Voters: ossca, Alan_Baseley, nstewart and 24 more

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14 Dec 2016 5:16PM
Stunning capture
JuBarney Plus
10 36 5 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2016 7:06PM
A terrific shot
dark_lord Plus
17 2.9k 793 England
14 Dec 2016 8:54PM
It's really very good, so well done on a first attempt.
Condensation is an issue you have to be aware of, I have a large microfibre cloth to hand in these situations.
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
14 Dec 2016 9:04PM
A cool experiment, well done with good results-- I would like to try this---
geoffrey baker 17 501 1 Wales
14 Dec 2016 10:35PM
Thank everyone Smile
15 Dec 2016 4:05AM
Beautiful shot *** SmileSmileSmile
Andy_Curtis 7 808 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2016 1:34PM
Very nice. Much better than my first ever attempt!
Somerled7 Plus
5 251 8 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2017 10:50PM
Excellent if that's a first attempt. Condensation arises because the lens glass is colder than the surrounding air due to radiation (space is close to absolute zero, so anything pointing at the sky will radiate heat and so cool down to a lower temperature than the air). A simple solution is to use a lens hood, which means the glass only 'sees' a narrow part of the sky, so does not loose as much heat through radiation.
13 Oct 2017 12:39PM
Thanks for your vote on my milky way upload today. Came to "check you out" and found this which I really like. Lightpainting and stars is high on my agenda. The whole process is thrilling if you can brave the elements, isn't it. Not many astro photos on EPZ I have noticed. Keep up the good work. Fiona

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